|Passed by the House February 10, 2010|
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Passed by the Senate March 5, 2010
President of the Senate
I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED SUBSTITUTE HOUSE BILL 2518 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.
Governor of the State of Washington
Secretary of State
State of Washington
|State of Washington||61st Legislature||2010 Regular Session|
READ FIRST TIME 01/25/10.
AN ACT Relating to oath requirements for interpreters; and amending RCW 2.43.050 and 2.43.020.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
Sec. 1 RCW 2.43.050 and 1989 c 358 s 5 are each amended to read
(1) Upon certification or registration and every two years thereafter, certified or registered interpreters shall take an oath, affirming that the interpreter will make a true interpretation to the person being examined of all the proceedings in a language which the person understands, and that the interpreter will repeat the statements of the person being examined to the court or agency conducting the proceedings, in the English language, to the best of the interpreter's skill and judgment. The administrative office of the courts shall maintain a record of the oath in the same manner that the list of certified and registered interpreters is maintained.
(2) Before any person serving as an interpreter for the court or agency begins to interpret, the appointing authority shall require the interpreter to state the person's name on the record and whether the person is a certified or registered interpreter. If the interpreter is not a certified or registered interpreter, the interpreter must submit the interpreter's qualifications on the record.
(3) Before beginning to interpret, every interpreter appointed under this chapter shall take an oath ((
affirming)) unless the
interpreter is a certified or registered interpreter who has taken the
oath within the last two years as required in subsection (1) of this
section. The oath must affirm that the interpreter will make a true
interpretation to the person being examined of all the proceedings in
a language which the person understands, and that the interpreter will
repeat the statements of the person being examined to the court or
agency conducting the proceedings, in the English language, to the best
of the interpreter's skill and judgment.
Sec. 2 RCW 2.43.020 and 2005 c 282 s 2 are each amended to read
As used in this chapter:
(1) "Non-English-speaking person" means any person involved in a legal proceeding who cannot readily speak or understand the English language, but does not include hearing-impaired persons who are covered under chapter 2.42 RCW.
(2) "Qualified interpreter" means a person who is able readily to interpret or translate spoken and written English for non-English-speaking persons and to interpret or translate oral or written statements of non-English-speaking persons into spoken English.
(3) "Legal proceeding" means a proceeding in any court in this state, grand jury hearing, or hearing before an inquiry judge, or before an administrative board, commission, agency, or licensing body of the state or any political subdivision thereof.
(4) "Certified interpreter" means an interpreter who is certified by the administrative office of the courts.
(5) "Appointing authority" means the presiding officer or similar official of any court, department, board, commission, agency, licensing authority, or legislative body of the state or of any political subdivision thereof.
(6) "Registered interpreter" means an interpreter who is registered by the administrative office of the courts.